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10:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Keep your eyes on the prize for these Gundam Unicorn figures

With the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ready to hit theaters May 16, the promotional rush is building up into a marketing frenzy. Of course, this being a Sunrise production, there are a ton of mecha that'll be p...

Pedro Cortes


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6:00 PM on 03.08.2014

Banpresto grants your wish for more Madoka Magica plushes

While we have seen a consistent stream of Madoka Magica figures, I must say the series has been lacking in the plush department lately. Banpresto has thankfully changed that issue with their upcoming releases of Super DX ...

Natalie Kipper

8:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Sailor Moon Official announces new prizes from Banpresto photo
Sailor Moon Official announces new prizes from Banpresto
by Vanessa Cubillo

It was announced last night that Sailor Moon would be getting new figures. I know, by now you’re probably used to hearing that now. It’s true, there has been an abundance of new figures from a number of companies and lines.

This time it’s new UFO crane game figures from Banpresto. So now part of the Girls Memories line from Craneking comes a new Sailor Moon figure and a series of mini figures. The Sailor Moon Girls Memories figure is over six inches tall and shows Sailor Moon standing in one of her lecture poses.

Looking very happy, she also will come on a white stand with a pink design. This figure will be available in June. Now the new mini figures announced will actually be the second series in that line.

Previously covered in November, the Sailor Moon Figure Gathering for Girls 2 figures will be close to three inches tall. There will be four different characters available; Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, and Artemis. These will be available in crane games in mid September.

[via Sailor Moon Official]

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5:00 PM on 01.27.2014

You gotta catch this Pokemon Snorlax cushion

What Pokemon fan hasn't dreamed of just cuddling up with a Snorlax? I mean, they just look so darn relaxed, not to mention fluffy. The good folks over at Banpresto have seen fit to make that dream a reality for gamers and nap...

Natalie Kipper



Tomopop LinkUP: The rated A-plush edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: The rated A-plush edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and Welcome to this week's Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a crazy, exhausting week for me. Between a three-day ice storm, a 17 hour power outage, and rushing through Christmas, it has all left me a little drained. But the news doesn't stop for anyone and there's no way I would miss the last LinkUP of 2013! The news doesn't stop for the holidays either; there's been a ton of great stuff shown in the past week. 

This week we're looking at a number of different plushies, some new release galleries, great geek toys, a massive LEGO custom, and much more!

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NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - misc. figures and role play photo
NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - misc. figures and role play
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime. 

When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon. 

Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack  with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers. 

If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures. 

Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets. 

Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.

Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display. 

This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import. 

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5:00 PM on 08.31.2013

Chara Hobby 2013: Banpresto

Banpresto were also present at Chara Hobby, so that can mean only one thing... Lots of Ichiban Kuji items!! There were also some showings of their SQ figures line as well, with Saber and the Madoka Magica girls appearing and ...

Chris Seto

1:00 PM on 08.20.2013

Banpresto's Sonico actually looks really good

Sonico artist Tsuji Santa has posted a few photos on his Twitter showing off the Banpresto SQ Sonico figure. It's only a few shots of her, but for a Banpresto figure and a Sonico figure in general, she looks very good and pre...

Brian Szabelski

7:45 PM on 07.28.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Super Sonico Edition

Oh Sonico, you are the Barbie of Nitro+. Wear all of the outfits you can! You've dressed up on many occassions before, but now you're ready to graduate! You've got your motarboard on because you've risen to the ranks of acade...

Andres Cerrato

5:25 AM on 07.28.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Banpresto Super Sonico

Super Sonico continues to prove her popularity is anything but short lived with even more offerings coming our way through Banpresto. Starting with three mini figures I was actually surprised to learn that there are actu...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





What's in UFO catchers? Eva, Persona, Toy Story, and more photo
What's in UFO catchers? Eva, Persona, Toy Story, and more
by Kristina Pino

I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't walk around arcades with my DSLR.

The way that prize figures in arcades work is, rather than trying to pick them up like a normal crane game, you've got to manipulate various objects inside the machine that would then give way to a box with your new figure in it. Sometimes, it's a square of toilet paper that sits in your way; other times, it's one little peg that needs to be moved aside. These games are designed to eat tons of yen before they pay out, which is why they can sometimes be expensive or difficult to find online.

Check out the gallery for images of what I saw in the UFO catchers last week, which include goodies from Amnesia, Evangelion, Bakemonogatari, Toy Story, P4U: The Ultimate, Blue Exorcist, and bonuses like plush Robo-Hello Kitty. 

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